Six males were arrested and charged recently for looting in Winston County.
All six individuals had a bond set for $10,000 each.
Looting is a felony and upon conviction a person could receive up to 15 years in prison or be fined up to $10,000. Looting is defined as when a person knowingly without authority of law or of the owner enters any home or dwelling, or upon any premises of another, or enters any commercial, mercantile, business building or establishment and obtains, injures, or removes property of the owner.
Crime Stoppers targets Winston County looters
The Winston County Crime Stoppers organization wants to make a strong statement against looting after the April 28 tornado.
Tom Bush, chairman of the local crime stoppers, said they are increasing rewards to $250 for information leading to the arrests of looters.
“Families who have lost so much should not lose another dime to theft,” he said. “Stealing from disaster victims is one of the worst crimes imaginable.”
Anyone with information concerning Winston County crimes should call 662-773-9999 to make anonymous tips.